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Because of a ferret's short digestive track, and unique carnivorous diet, it can be difficult to find a proper balance when feeding your ferret. Keep reading to learn proper nutrition for your ferret, and how you can address it.
The ideal ferret diet will consist of 30-40 percent meat-based protein, 20-30 percent fat, with less than 3 percent of fiber. Ferrets are strictly carnivores, so avoid feeding them any food that has fruits, grains, or vegetables. They won't be able to digest it. (Source: Feeding Your Ferret by Lianne Mcleod, DVM)
For a happy ferret, it's best to supplement ferret food with a nice, raw diet. This will provide your ferret with the nutrition it really needs.
Advantages of a Raw Diet
Feeding your ferret raw food has some great benefits. Here are a few.
• Clean teeth and gums.
• Better vitamin absorption.
• Better overall health.
• A healthier coat.
• Zero vitamin supplementation
• A happier ferret.
Healthy Ferret Food
Here are some great raw foods that are safe for your ferret.
• Raw chicken or turkey.
• Chicken necks.
• Small portions of raw, lean beef.
• Small baby mice or rats.
• Raw egg yolks.
• Raw liver or heart.
A Good Balance
It can be both difficult and expensive to maintain a completely raw diet for your ferret, but you can still have a healthy happy ferret by supplementing his diet with completely raw food. Try feeding your ferret raw at least once a day or a few times per week. Some good options might include feeding your ferret a baby pinky rat or a raw liver or heart once a week, along with some raw chicken or egg yolks 4-6 times a week. For the best results, feed your ferret something raw at least once a day. Your ferret will love you for it!
Processed ferret foods will allow you to give your ferret a constant source of food. For the best nutrition, there are freeze-dried carnivorous foods like Wysong Ferret Archetypal-1 available online and at pet stores.
Things To Check
If you buy processed ferret food to keep in your ferret's cage, you should be sure of a few things. The first 3 ingredients of the ferret food should be completely meat based, and there should be no grains, vegetables, or fruit listed in the ingredients. You may have to search a little bit, but be sure that there are no unnatural additives or sweeteners.
With this diet, you'll have a healthy, happy ferret. Supplement with raw foods, and your ferret will thank you for it.